Green renovation

New Report Details Why Existing Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones

New Report Details Why Existing Buildings Are Greener Than New Ones

Every year, roughly one billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced with new construction in the United States, according to a new report from Preservation Green Lab, and that number is

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Renzo Piano’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Expansion Opens This Week In Boston

Renzo Piano’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Expansion Opens This Week In Boston

“This new wing is an extraordinarily elegant workshop, a bustling counterpoint to the historic building’s serenity. Here, the thinking and the work of the Museum is performed, so that the Palace,

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Awesome Fun-House Mirrored Pavilion Replaces Sad Graffiti-Covered Structure in Copenhagen

Awesome Fun-House Mirrored Pavilion Replaces Sad Graffiti-Covered Structure in Copenhagen

The Mirror House is a minimalist structure clad in heat-treated wood and shutters that promote natural ventilation. At night the shutters are closed. At both of the gabled ends of the 140 square meter

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Metamor Architects Transforms Aging Industrial Building Into Modern ‘Cineporto’ Studio

Metamor Architects Transforms Aging Industrial Building Into Modern ‘Cineporto’ Studio

Metamor Architects has transformed the abandoned Cineporto industrial facility in Lecce, Italy into a light-filled, modern film center and studio. The architects carefully preserved the site's existing

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Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

Will Bruder’s Colorful Kimball Art Center Proposal is Powered By the Sun & Wind

Will Bruder + Partners are currently competing against BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects to win the award to design the Kimball Art Center

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Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Unveil Their Nature-Inspired Design for the Kimball Art Center

Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Unveil Their Nature-Inspired Design for the Kimball Art Center

The renovation by TWBTA calls for an upgrade of the existing historic infrastructure and the expansion of the gallery and exhibition space. It also includes a new cafe, retail space, a catering kitchen,

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Sparano + Mooney’s Beautiful Kimball Art Center Proposal Takes Inspiration From Aspens

Sparano + Mooney’s Beautiful Kimball Art Center Proposal Takes Inspiration From Aspens

In this third installment of the Kimball Art Center Transformation proposals, we explore the design by the only local firm of the 5 design teams who presented. Sparano + Mooney, who have worked both

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Beautifully Renovated Apartment in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter by YLAB Architects

Beautifully Renovated Apartment in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter by YLAB Architects

YLAB has renovated an aging 130 square meter apartment in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter into a beautiful modern home. The original space is composed of a sequence of bright and spacious rooms

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6 Winter Home Improvement Tips To Save Energy

6 Winter Home Improvement Tips To Save Energy

TIP 1: Upgrade or tune-up your heating system The first plan of action is to actually have a plan. 30% of a average home’s energy cost is for heating and sometimes a lot more if you heat with

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PHOTOS: SFO Terminal 2 is the First U.S. Airport to Achieve LEED Gold Certification

PHOTOS: SFO Terminal 2 is the First U.S. Airport to Achieve LEED Gold Certification

Costing roughly $383 million, the newly renovated 640,000 square foot terminal is home to Virgin America and American Airlines, and has already met 3.2 million passengers this year alone. Completed in

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Denver Union Station Will Be Transformed Into a LEED Gold Transit Hub and Hotel

Denver Union Station Will Be Transformed Into a LEED Gold Transit Hub and Hotel

Denver’s vaunted Union Station - once the transportation gateway to the west - recently received the nod to be renewed as a contemporary vision of urbanity and clean transportation. The Union Station

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BIG Proposes Twisting Timber Eco Tower for the Kimball Art Center in Park City

BIG Proposes Twisting Timber Eco Tower for the Kimball Art Center in Park City

The Kimball Art Center is a central hub within the old town district of Park City, UT and is located in the historic gas station and garage of Bill Kimball, who donated it to become an arts and cultural

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China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

China Transforms Soviet Warship Into World’s First Luxury Aircraft Carrier Hotel

What do you look for when choosing a luxury hotel - a gym? A swimming pool? How about the ability to launch over 30 aircraft at an enemy country? If you said yes to all of the above, then China's latest

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Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

Sea Salt Refinery Renovated Into A Historic Landmark & Event Building in Vancouver

The historic waterfront building had to be raised up by updating the foundation with galvanized steel pile extensions to meet the surrounding neighborhood street level. For the rehabilitation of the

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Tour Bois-le-Prêtre: 60′s Parisian Social Housing Tower Renovated into Gleaming Efficient Apartment Complex

Tour Bois-le-Prêtre: 60′s Parisian Social Housing Tower Renovated into Gleaming Efficient Apartment Complex

The 17-story building was conceived as a low-cost social housing block - one of many that popped up throughout Europe at the time. A façade renovation 20 years ago eliminated much of the character of the

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Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

The City of Amsterdam launched the original competition to turn abandoned sewage treatment silos on Zeeburgereiland into an exciting public space in 2009. They selected the design for the Annie M.G.

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Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne’s Psychedelic Renovated Warehouse is Fit for a Rock Star

Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne’s Psychedelic Renovated Warehouse is Fit for a Rock Star

The couple took an integral role in the renovation and extension of the residence, working with Fitzsimmons Architects to adjoin six properties around the Coyne property to eventually create a

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Akademia Park Officium: Hungarian Military Academy Renovated Into Modern Building That Preserves the Past

Akademia Park Officium: Hungarian Military Academy Renovated Into Modern Building That Preserves the Past

We see a lot of amazing renovations here at Inhabitat, but we were particularly impressed by this former military school that has been transformed into a BREEAM excellent building by Vikar&Lukacs

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Dia:Beacon Gallery Rises Within a Beautifully Renovated Industrial Building on the Edge of the Hudson River

Dia:Beacon Gallery Rises Within a Beautifully Renovated Industrial Building on the Edge of the Hudson River

Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in New York State, Dia:Beacon Riggio Galleries is a beautiful exhibition space set within a renovated Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) box printing facility.

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Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

Retrofitted Mexican Entrepreneur Center Maximizes Performance with a Parametric Pine Facade

The tiny satellite campus is the collaborative effort of Tecnológico de Monterrey, a private university, and the bank Bancomer. The project was developed to provide education for low-income

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

EXCLUSIVE PICS: Grand Daddy’s Airstream Trailer Park is a Rooftop Hotel in South Africa

Even on a sunny day, even though it's fairly high up, the Grand Daddy trailer park hotel is very comfortable thanks to plenty of shade and green space, which keeps air quality high despite pollution

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Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

Montreal’s 780 Brewster is a Mixed-Use LEED Silver Complex Renovated From an Industrial Factory

The five-story converted factory now has a total surface area of 12,000 square meters, and 75% of the industrial heritage building’s structure (existing walls, floors and roofs) were reclaimed in the

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Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Influx_Studio Wants to Turn Chicago’s Marina City Into an Algae-Producing CO2-Scrubbing Powerhouse

Working towards the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan, Influx_Studio came up with the idea to retrofit Marina City Towers into a renewable powerhouse and incorporate algae production technologies as a way to

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BIG Makes a Splash With Sweeping Wave-Shaped St. Petersburg Pier

BIG Makes a Splash With Sweeping Wave-Shaped St. Petersburg Pier

St. Petersburg Pier was originally a train pier that was used to offload goods from boats, but as deep water ports developed, the pier became obsolete and residents of the area began using it for

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Guardia Civil Quarters in Algueña Transformed into a Shimmering Cultural Center

Guardia Civil Quarters in Algueña Transformed into a Shimmering Cultural Center

The original checkpoint building was upgraded with a new minimalist modern addition. The expansive façade of the new structure is covered with iridescent ceramic tiles. The square pattern changes with

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Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

Retired Italian Railroad Transformed Into a Low Impact Recreational Promenade

The project entailed completely upgrading and renovating the entire stretch of railroad between the two coastal towns. Converted to a walking path, the promenade also includes a creation of vantage points

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Álvaro Siza’s Renovated Carlos Ramos Pavilion is a Contemplative Studio for Architecture Students

Álvaro Siza’s Renovated Carlos Ramos Pavilion is a Contemplative Studio for Architecture Students

The restored two-storey building began its life as an architecture school in the Portuguese port town. The buildings are now arranged with a shared courtyard in the center and large windows overlooking

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MOOARC Transforms a 15th Century Stone Barn Into a Light-Infused Modern Home

MOOARC Transforms a 15th Century Stone Barn Into a Light-Infused Modern Home

What is striking about the home is how well the old and the new have been integrated. Relying on modern glass and old stone walls, the fusion creates a mix of hard and soft, and the result is an open,

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Fleck Hall: Andersson-Wise Architects Revamps an Old Science Building Instead of Tearing It Down

Fleck Hall: Andersson-Wise Architects Revamps an Old Science Building Instead of Tearing It Down

In 2006, St. Edward's University completed the John Brooks Williams Natural Science Center and their faculty moved from Fleck Hall into the new facility. At the time, the plans were to demolish Fleck Hall

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